All Fiestas get blind spot mirrors incorporated into the side mirrors and a driver's seat armrest. New packages for the top-of-the-line SEL sedan and SES hatchback offer two-tone leather seats and door panels in black and red or black and white as well as color-coordinated trim on the steering wheel and instrument panel. Embroidered floor mats and a leather-wrapped gearshift are also included. In addition, the Premium Sport Appearance Package for the SES hatchback includes 16-inch alloy wheels plus dark accents for the headlights, lower grille, side mirrors, window surrounds and rear spoiler. The 2012 Fiesta feels right at home running around town and on weekend errands. It slips conveniently into fleeting gaps in stop and go urban traffic and into space limited parking slots. Its 120 horsepower, 1.6 liter engine will take the daily commute in stride. Ride is smooth. Wind and road noise is decently muted. Steering feel is certain. Corners taken at responsible speeds reveal little body roll. This means it'll also handle quite well a relaxed Sunday drive to the coast or to a family gathering.
Features such as electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and AdvanceTrac ESC contribute to overall intense driving experience in the Fiesta. EPAS uses speed-sensitive steering and active nibble control technology to help provide feedback and confidence at highway speeds. AdvanceTrac ESC automatically applies the brakes and modulates engine torque whenever it detects wheelslip. Skidding and fishtailing are avoided by controlling understeer and oversteer. Additionally, AdvanceTrac® ESC helps maintain control under conditions such as ice, gravel or rain, providing confident stopping power. The Fiesta can be optioned with an available powershift six speed automatic. The powershift transmission is similar to a manual transmission plus the shift quality and ease of operation provided by an automatic transmission. Engine torque is delivered to the drive wheels 100 percent of the time for an extra-connected feel. Hill start assist provides improved drivability on steep inclines. The neutral idle mode helps eliminate drag and contributes to fuel efficiency.
The Fiesta's voice activated SYNC system uses its Bluetooth capability to link up with a smart phone to access certain internet streaming services, including FM like sites and podcast providers. A height-adjustable driver's seat and tilt/telescoping steering wheel are exceptions among subcompacts. Seat choices include cloth and leather, with optional accent-color piping as well as available two-tone trim on high-end models. Multicolored ambient lighting is another option currently seen on higher-priced Fords. Through Ford CustomAccessories, buyers can opt for metallic door sill plates and shift knob and even illuminated versions of the same. Interior features include standard AM/FM stereo with MP3 jack, optional CD stereo, optional Sync system, optional cruise control, optional auto-dimming rearview mirror, optional remote start and optional push-button start. On the inside, Fiesta has the most available material color selections in its class That includes available leather-trimmed seats with contrast piping, which come in Plum Red or Cashmere with Charcoal Black piping or Charcoal Black with Cashmere piping
The hatchback has a narrow front grille and a sportier design. Upscale elements include a deck lid spoiler and LED side marker lights on the front fenders with the Sport Appearance Package. Chrome belt line moldings are available. Exterior features include standard 15-inch steel wheels, alloy rims are available in 15- and 16-inch diameters, ford Racing offers 17-inch alloy wheels and for a customized appearance, a selection of side decals is available. The Fiesta has a front end you can't miss: low-slung, with an aerodynamic look and piercing dragon's-eye headlamps. LED supplemental parking lamps provide a distinctive glow, while the unique razor-slash side panel helps accentuate its cut-and-run stance.
The 2011 Ford Fiesta comes as four door sedan or five door hatchback. All have the same 120 horsepower, 1.6-liter, four cylinder engine. The standard transmission is a 5 speed manual. Optional on everything but the base sedan is a 6 speed, twin clutch, electrically shifted, automated manual.
The Fiesta S sedan comes standard with air conditioning; cloth upholstery; 60/40 split fold down rear seatback; four speaker, 40 watt AM/FM stereo with audio input jack; power door locks and outside mirrors; carpeted front floor mats; rear seat heat ducts; cloth door panel trim. Steel wheels with a six spoke hubcap wear 185/65R15 tires. An option package adds a CD/MP3 player, remote keyless entry, auto lock doors.
Fiesta SE comes with the Fiesta S option package content plus upgraded upholstery; metallic painted interior trim accents; power windows; trip computer; and 195/60R15 tires on aluminum alloy wheels. Option packages include SYNC entertainment center with six speakers and 80 watts, redundant audio controls on the steering wheel and USB equipped center console, and a sport appearance group that includes painted aluminum wheels, cruise control and deck lid spoiler.
Fiesta SEL has everything that was standard and optional on the S and the SE plus rear seat floor mats; seven color ambient lighting; a second, rear seat auxiliary power point; auto dim rearview mirror; SIRIUS satellite radio; and leather wrapped steering wheel. Fiesta SEL comes with 195/50R16 tires on aluminum alloy wheels. One upgrade option group is offered, with chrome external trim, heated front seats, perimeter alarm and keyless door unlock/pushbutton start/stop.
The Fiesta hatchback has two trim levels, the SE and the SES. Standard equipment on the SE hatchback tracks the SE sedan's, as do the available option groupings' content, save for the sport appearance group because the hatchback comes standard with a spoiler. Fiesta SES is equipped similarly to SEL.
Stand alone options for the SE sedan and hatchback include a power moonroof; SIRIUS satellite radio coupled with seven color ambient lighting; carpeted rear floor mats; and heated front seats and outside mirrors. The Super Fuel Economy Package comprises cruise control, partial grille blockers, side air deflectors, underbody shields and 195/60R15 T-rated tires.
Options for SEL and SES include leather seating trim, power moonroof and special exterior paints. Four graphic body trims. The SEL can be tricked out with a ground effect lower body kit, and a more aggressive, Euro style rear spoiler can be added to the SES.
The 2012 Ford Fiesta is a great entry in an increasingly popular and important market, the small, fuel efficient runabout. It also shows smart thinking on Ford's part in the midst of a deeply troubled world economy, when building the same car, or nearly the same car, for most of the countries where Ford sells cars makes good economical sense. That the car works best where Ford wants it to sell the most is icing. This is one great looking, qualit made car. If you are looking for a car with a great ride, nice performace and great fuel economy all at the same time, take a look at the 2012 Ford Fiesta.
Some of the information for this review was obtained through newcartestdrive.com
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